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The Patterns Approach

Engaging Freshman in the Practices of Science
Bradford Hill
Published In
The Science Teacher
Published Date
March 2013
Grade Level
High School
Subject Area



The Patterns Approach is effective in preparing students to recognize patterns, describe them using multiple representations, craft lines of evidence-based reasoning around them, and use them to make data-informed predictions. These skills are necessary if students are to achieve the Next Generation Science Standards and many of the mathematical practices discussed in the Common Core before they graduate from high school. In my experience, the Patterns Approach is a promising means of fulfilling our commitment to teach the value of evidence-based reasoning and data-informed decision making.